Arlington homicide trial underway

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The trial of a Carrick man charged with killing a man nearly two years ago at a party in Arlington began Monday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Dana Johnson, 26, is charged with criminal homicide, robbery and carrying a firearm without a license.

According to Pittsburgh police, Donald Russell, 23, of Bethel Park, was killed about 3:40 a.m. Dec. 31, 2011, at the party on Sterling Street.

Daniel Fitzsimmons, chief trial deputy district attorney, told the jury that Russell was shot eight times with ammunition from an assault-style weapon and another three times from a .9 mm handgun. Mr. Fitzsimmons said it was Mr. Johnson who brandished the rifle, and several witnesses saw him take it out from under his coat.

Officers were already on their way to the house after a neighbor called to complain about a disturbance when the shots were fired.

Defense attorney Lisa Middleman said there is no physical evidence linking her client to the crime.

Mr. Johnson's trial, before Judge Donna Jo McDaniel, is expected to continue through the week.

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